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After the recent release of the sublime Kid Icarus you might have expected the quality of NES Virtual Console games to rise, but unfortunately The Legend of Kage is an almost catastrophic true drop in standards.
No need for rose tinted specs here, retro fans - this game was a stinker back in 1986 and is even worse today!
It's a shame that The Legend of Kage on the NES, and now on the Virtual Console, is such a disappointment. The game actually began life as a serviceably playable arcade coin-op cabinet, published by Taito in 1985. But the downgrade in graphics, sound and feel of the gameplay was so severe in its port to Nintendo's home system that any kind of fun the arcade original may have held was washed completely away. The Legend of Kage is a horrible game. Stay away from it, no matter what.